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Israeli stocks the best investment of past decade
The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | TAL BARAK HARIF

Posted on 02/20/2012 8:50:49 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew

Israel, under threat of war from its neighbors since being founded in 1948, produced better risk-adjusted returns than all other developed stock markets in the past decade as the technology-driven economy attracted global investors.

The Bloomberg Riskless Return Ranking shows the Tel Aviv TA-25 Index (TA-25) returned 7.6 percent in the 10 years ended February 17, after adjusting for volatility, the highest among 24 developed- nation benchmark indexes. Israel beat Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI), the next-best market with a risk-adjusted gain of 6.7%, and Norway, which had the highest total return.

Related: Steinitz: I can’t promise 5% growth in coming years Cabinet outlines plan for sovereign wealth fund Israel outperformed as it fought a month-long battle against Hezbollah in 2006, was involved in a similar conflict with Hamas two years later and is now threatened by Iran’s nuclear program. International investors including Warren Buffett bought local companies and the economy, steered by Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, grew more than twice as fast as the US last year. Israel’s stocks may extend gains as Apple Inc. and IBM acquire the country’s technology startups.

“Israel is an exciting place to invest,” Michael Steinhardt, the former hedge fund manager who produced returns averaging 24% a year over almost three decades until he retired in 1995, said in a telephone interview from Fisher Island, Florida. “The country is surrounded by enemies, it’s always on the edge of extinction, but it expands and prospers.”

Beating Norway

The Israeli gauge returned 161% including dividends over the last decade, the third-best performance among developed markets after Norway’s OBX Index and the Hang Seng.

“This is a great achievement,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to the article in the Knesset yesterday.

The TA-25’s biggest members are Bank Leumi and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, each with an 11% share.

Fischer’s Role

Bank of Israel’s Fischer, a former thesis adviser to Ben S. Bernanke, helped steer the economy back to growth after the worst global recession since World War II. Fischer, who is serving his second term as governor, began buying foreign currency in 2008 after the shekel reached a 12-year high. That more than doubled the central bank’s reserves in an effort to help exports, which are equal to 40 percent of gross domestic product.

Israel’s economy probably expanded 4.8% in 2011, according to the International Monetary Fund, compared with 1.7% growth for the US, data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show. That follows five years of average annual growth in Israel of 4.2%, boosted by foreign investment in local companies.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: investment; israel; stockmarket; stocks
Good news.
1 posted on 02/20/2012 8:50:53 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew
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2 posted on 02/20/2012 9:44:56 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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The Israelis have made great products and I am very glad that doing well.

3 posted on 02/20/2012 9:57:26 PM PST by U-238
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Yes It is good news. Not investment advice but, Investment in Israel and other allies ( Australia, India, Canada, NZ to name some) can be purchased in bread basket form via “ETF’s”. Compare this to dong the International Mutual Fund route where you pickup on the Soro’s /Iran leaners like Brazil and debt ridden Europe to name some where many here may have some problems with.....

4 posted on 02/21/2012 3:27:41 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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Oops “compare this to doing” Left out the “I” sorry...

5 posted on 02/21/2012 3:31:01 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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Gilder lays out in his opening paragraph exactly what he is going to be concerned with: “The central issue in international politics, dividing the world into two fractious armies, is the tiny state of Israel.”

He states his thesis very quickly and directly, saying the issue is not that of a global war of civilization between the West and Islam nor any division between Arabs and Jews. He does not deny the validity of these conflicts, but rather sees the issue as being “between creative excellence and covetous ‘fairness,’ between admiration of achievement versus envy and resentment of it.”

6 posted on 02/21/2012 4:02:46 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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7 posted on 02/21/2012 5:07:19 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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And how did the many universities and other anti-Semitic institutions that refused to invest in the Holy Land but instead poured their endowment funds into Fannie, Freddie, Wall Street banks, and other unholy enterprises that went bankrupt fare over the past decade?

Another episode in Jewish history, short version: They fought us, we won, let’s eat.

8 posted on 02/21/2012 8:10:14 AM PST by Bluestocking
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